A league source tells PFT that no decision will be made about Ravens running back Willis McGahee’s status until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, despite a report in the Baltimore Sun Monday.
Mike Preston reported that the Ravens decided at their recent evaluation meetings not to bring back McGahee and his $6 million base salary. That alone would not have been a surprise. Preston was quick to point out that G.M. Ozzie Newsome doesn’t plan to release any players before March 3.
“Right now, there are a lot of things that could happen before next season,” Newsome said when specifically asked about McGahee.
The details of the next CBA will influence every decision that front offices make regarding their 2011 roster. So it’s difficult to say anything definitively will or won’t happen afterwards.
Does it seem likely that McGahee will get $6 million to back up Ray Rice? It never did in the first place.
This much we know: McGahee will still be on the team if there is a work stoppage. Perhaps the Ravens could work out a pay reduction to keep McGahee afterwards or perhaps they will have to cut him in the end.
Like so many things in this confusing offseason, it’s wait and see.